Kōrero: Painting

Rita Angus, 'A goddess of mercy' (2 o 2)

Rita Angus, 'A goddess of mercy'

Rita Angus painted this work soon after the end of the Second World War as a memorial to her sister, Edna, who had died in 1939. Angus painted a number of images of female figures, often self-portraits, and they tend to have considerable symbolic content. In this work a goddess of mercy, surrounded by a halo of branches, holds a yellow crocus, an early sign of spring, while the ploughed fields, the melting snows and the quiet animals promise a peaceful future now that the war is over.

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Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Reference: 69/75
Oil on canvas by Rita Angus

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Courtesy of the Estate of Rita Angus

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jock Phillips, 'Painting - Nationalism and landscape painting, 1935 to 1965', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/45888/rita-angus-a-goddess-of-mercy (accessed 26 October 2021)

He kōrero nā Jock Phillips, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014